The Simplest things that you can turn into beautiful

Saftey Pin Bracelet (2)

Safety  Pin Bracelet

Hi Everyone I am back!  I can’t believe it has been 4 months since my last blog so I am so sorry that I have been on a mini hiatus.  Life has been crazy since we moved into our house the end of last year.  We have been so swamped with work, and trying to do updates on the house, family and friends coming to visit from time to time that I think I finally have some time to do some projects that I want to share on my blog. Today I wanted to share something crafty!  I have not done anything in a long time crafty so here it is.

My sister  has been sharing with me her craft and that is making jewelry.  I have certainly enjoyed her love of it, and so I wanted to take part in it also. My sister has been working on doing just earrings right now, and for me I just can’t seem to get into doing the earrings.  I recently went shopping at Charming Charlie ( yes a girly store that I really need to stay away from all together) Found a bracelet  that I fell in love with, but did not want to buy it.  I saw that it was made out of safety pins and tiny beautifully colored beads. I took a photo of it (secretly)  and decided I am just going to make one for myself !  I figured why not make a safety pin bracelet I would love it even more because I designed it.  I did however  look on pinterest  to see if there is anything like this online, and of course there was. I actually learned how to make this bracelet from this blog site  redflycreations.com which was easy to do and just great so thank you for sharing this information redflycreations.

I went to my local Joann store  awhile back and bought tiny glass beads, and tiny Safety Pins  to make this bracelet.  You can buy all kinds  of beads from abalone, to glass beads to wood beads etc.  I think I spent about two hours there just to figure out what colors I wanted to try out and what kind of beads  I wanted.  For the safety pins I found those in the sewing section of the store.  I had bought two packages  of  200 just to make sure I had enough.  Then  I bought elastic thread that’s  it all you need to make this bracelet  , but when the creation is done it looks like a million bucks.

To start this process  I just sat down and played around with the beads to see how I wanted it to look like and then wrote down on paper  two pinks, two abalone, two silvers  etc that way I would not forget my pattern.  The next step was just to add the beads to the safety pins and do as many as you can and set aside.

Once I was done doing this time consuming piece ( at first it was time consuming, but after awhile I learned other ways to make the process faster you will to) I then got the elastic Cord thread out.  Now you really need to know this part to the process  because you want to make sure you have enough thread not to little or not to much.  I measured my wrist circumference  with a measuring tape.  The size of my wrist was actually 7 inches so what I learned was that I needed to have 8 inches  of thread to work with.  the reason for this is because I tie a knot at one end of the thread to hold the pins in place while putting them on the thread see picture below.

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As you can see I tied the two threads together at the bottom for now that way the safety pins don’t fall off the thread.  now you have to remember  that the safety pins need to be put on the threads  alternating  the heads and the bottoms that way they can stack together  perfectly. If you don’t do this your bracelet will look funny and just will not turn out.  Remember  the threads are elastic so leave a little room at the top of the thread about  a half an inch.  Once you have gotten to the end point of adding the safety pins to the thread then you need to tie the bracelet off.

Tie the beginning of the top string to the end of the top string.  Then tie the beginning of the bottom string to the end of the bottom string.  Tie them both securely. You will have some access string hanging and that is ok because what you want to make sure that the  bracelet will sit on your wrist not to tight and not to loose.  If the bracelet seems to be to loose then take it off your wrist and re-tie the ends to make it a little tighter, and repeat trying it on to see if it fits. Once you have the right fit to your bracelet   tighten the threads and then cut  off the access thread.

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The End result  should look like this photo above. Now I have left over thread on this bracelet because this is made for my sister she stated her wrist size was 6 inches  so when I go to see her I want to make sure that it fits perfectly before I cut the remainder of the threads.

I absolutely love this idea and will be making more of these.  This idea is fun, creative, and simple yet comes out looking like a beautiful piece.  You can make this for your girl friends, for party favors, bridesmaids gifts , birthday presents etc the list goes on.  I hope this idea will get your creative juices  flowing.  Be safe with those safety pins and enjoy!

A Mickey Happy Birthday

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I love to help out with event planning or just help out if someone asks me to  it’s  my passion. So a few months ago I was asked to help a co-worker of mine to do a few things for her sons first birthday.  I was delighted to help and totally honored since I love kids.  She told me that it was going to be a Mickey Birthday party for her son, and that she wanted a banner made to hang up at the birthday party table to show his pictures from New born to 12 months. I have to be honest I was a little nervous to do this since I have never made one of those before, and I wanted to make it perfect. So Of course I had to go on pinterest to get some ideas and think of what I really wanted to do.  I remembered that I had tons of felt from some previous projects that I have done in the past so I was going to use my Cricut , but we recently had a terrible storm that it was not working right ( I got it to work now thank Goodness!) I got a tracing of Mickey from the internet printed it up and traced it on Freezer parchment paper.

I swear by this stuff Just trace what ever it is you need to trace and then use a iron on low heat.  You want to make sure you lay the shinny side of the trace paper facing down on the felt fabric.  Just iron over the paper and you have it stuck to the felt.  Once that is done just cut around the tracing and you get your patterns.  mickey-felts

Once you have all the patterns cut out you can use a glue gun to attach the felt together. The process takes awhile, but it is easier than to sew the whole thing.  I was thinking of doing that, but realized that would take to long. The next step was To stencil the Patterns which was pretty easy to do. I had some stencils and fabric paint. When you use the fabric paint just remember it sometimes takes 24 hours for it to completely dry on the fabric.   The next idea I was thinking  was how is she going to attach the photos on this banner??  I thought I can just add to the banner tiny cloths pins which I had, but realized they were a little to big for the banner.  So I went out to Joanns and bought some tiny wooden cloths pins. the results are in the next photos.

 

I had so much fun doing this, that I realized I think I need to make more of these especially for one of my friends who is having a baby soon. She is a HUGE Disney fan so Finding Nemo is my next project.

 

Besides making the banner for the party I was asked to make my sugar cookies and she wanted me to make Mickey Mouse Cookies. Once again I have never made Mickey Mouse Cookies so I did go and buy a Mickey mouse Cookie Cutter to do this for the party ( One awesome Cookie Cutter to add to the rest of my other Cookie Cutters). I found them on Amazon and got them for a really reasonable price.  mickey-sugar-cookies

I had bought the Food Coloring gel online through Amazon as well,but I would prefer to use Wilton cake Decorating gel.  The Gel that I used was a little Glossy to me and that was not what I wanted to do, but in the end I think they turned out.  So I am thrilled that I got to do this for a little one’s first birthday it certainly turned out cute.

Sleep Over at Aunties

I am now sitting down and relaxing after having my 6 year old niece staying with me over night.

I totally enjoy having her over because I don’t have any children myself, so when I do have her over  I love to spoil her.  We started out first by going shopping I had to do a couple of errands, but I also took her to our favorite store Michael’s. I had already planned what we were going to be doing together and that was some art projects. I had a little list and told her to help me pick out the stuff and put it in the basket.  She was a great little helper for sure and was ready to go back home as she said “let’s get this party started!” You have to laugh when kids say the darnedest things.

When we got home the next thing we did together was made her fort in the living room.  She loves having a fort, of  course this time she did not sleep in it like she did last time, but it is her little sanctuary. Fort

I wanted her to be able to do something she would love to do and have fun with it so our first project was making our pet rocks. When I told her what we were doing and that I did this when I was a little girl she basically said to me, ” do you make these because you did not have a pet?” I told her yes that we made these in elementary  school , made little homes for them and took them everywhere with us. The project was a little tedious, but in the end she loved doing itThis project is perfect  really  you can find rocks anywhere and then use whatever colored paint, and design however you like. Let the little ones minds run wild doing this. pet rocks

Our other project we did together was make a turtle come to life. I had a lot of left over felt so I thought why not cut some pieces out and then she can put it together with a glue gun. I got the idea from this website  How to make a felt turtle felt turtle

We actually made one other project, but that is a secret! we made a birthday present for her mom, will have to share that with you another day soon since her birthday is coming up.

I certainly was productive with my niece and she was very busy the whole time she was here. We even made Chocolate chip Pancakes for breakfast, and root beer floats for desert. I almost forgot at one point she said she was exhausted from all the crafting that she wanted to relax and watch a movie! Now I have to say I did my job I tuckered her out doing lots of crafts.

Until next time This Woman is tired and ready to say goodnight.

Happy Fourth of July

Fourth Of July Wreath

Bandana Wreath for Fourth of July

Fourth of July holiday always makes me remember those great childhood memories being with my big family at my grandparents farm. We would all get together either in the back yard area near the garden that they had or inside depending on what the weather was like. Living in Washington state you would never know if it was going to be hot or not. My family was huge 14 Aunts and uncles all together with their own children each couple had either 2 to 4 kids so add that up in your head. We would have three big picnic tables full of food which would turn out to be a great big potluck. All of us kids would play outside around the barn or out around the land. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken on the BBQ grilling away hmmmmm smelled so good. The best part was eating the water melon and having water melon fights messy yes, but so much fun.

Then when the sun went down it was time for those fireworks, and kids running around with the sparklers. The Ohhhhs and the awwws when the bright colors would appear in the sky. Best Memories ever, but we would not have those memories if it wasn’t for the men and women in service who fight for our Country, for our freedom, for us to enjoy life. They are the true hero’s who are so selfless and signed themselves up to do the hardest job ever. So this blog message is for them, Thank you for everything I salute you.

 

So I have a couple of things that I wanted to share this holiday how to make a wreath for Fourth of July, and  instead of apple pie the traditional treat I made a caramel apple cake. For something light to start off with I made some zucchini bites  horsd’oeuvres.

To each and everyone of you Happy Fourth of July!

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Caramel Apple Cake

 

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Zucchini Bites

 

How to make a Fourth of July Wreath

1 18 inch floral wire wreath

6 red bandanas, 6 white bandanas, 6 blue bandanas

stars you can get paper stars or wood stars

Glue Gun to glue the stars on the wreath.

Cut all bandanas in half then tie them on the wreath

 

How to make zucchini bites

Yield: Makes 2-3 dozen zucchini bites

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups packed shredded zucchini (no need to peel the zucchini)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 – 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup panko or regular bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon dried basil (or 1-2 teaspoons fresh)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly grease an unlined baking sheet.
Place the shredded zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and wring out all the excess water over the sink until the zucchini is really dry.
Place the zucchini and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until combined.
Drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls on the prepared baking sheet and lightly press the mounds with your hands to flatten slightly.
Bake for 16-20 minutes until the edges are golden.

Recipe Source: adapted from this recipe at Skinnytaste (used more zucchini, omitted the onion, added basil and garlic, changed the type of bread crumbs, increased oven temp, etc.)

Caramel Apple Cake

1 Box of Pillsbury Caramel Apple cake mix

3 Apples- I used Fuji  Apples

1 8oz cream cheese  Softened

1cup of Granola

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 cup of sugar

1 table spoon of cornstarch mixed in 2 tsp of water

1 table spoon of lemon juice

caramel sauce

 

Directions:

start with the cake mix and follow directions by mixing all ingredients set aside.

Next Cut up all the apples thin slices and stick them in a pot over medium heat on the stove, add the lemon juice and the 1 cup of sugar and cook down. Mix corn starch in 2 tsp of water make sure the mixture is blended in the water before adding it to the Apples. Once the corn starch is added then stir that in the apple mixture and once it starts to bubble stir. Once the apple mixture has gotten thicker set aside.

Poor the cake mixture in the pan use half the mixture first  then lay the apple mixture on top of the cake mixture. Last poor the remainder of the cake mixture on top of the apple mixture. Now bake as directed on the cake mix box.

Once the cake is done baking let it cool before putting the frosting on top.

 

While the cake is cooling mix the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar if you have caramel sauce add some to the frosting mix and mix. set aside

 

Next take a cup of Granola and cook it over the stove in 1 cup of brown sugar. Let the sugar mixture melt down and the granola get brown color. To let the Granola mixture cool down before putting over the frosting set it aside on wax paper.

Once the cake is cool then add the Frosting to the cake, and last but not least add the granola mixture on top ( make sure it is complete cool before adding to the frosting).

Enjoy!

 

 

 

DIY Body scrub

Brown sugar body scrub

So it is that time of year where you wear summer dresses, shorts and those cute summer tops to stay cute and Cool. The one Vice I have is wearing sandals and flip flops cause I love to just feel free from those shoes I normally wear at work. The down side of it for me is that my feet get very dry and rough so I love to make my own home made body scrub to make my skin feel smooth and it scrubs away the rough patches on my feet.

I love to recycle bottles, glass jars, tin cans because you can always reuse them for presents or crafty projects. I love to use my glass jars that I get from yankee candle stores or the candles I buy from Bath and body Works. So when the wax is down to the very bottom I usually place them in the Freezer for a few days, and then take it out and break the rest of the old wax with a knife and there you have a nice empty glass jar.

How I make my Body scrub is with Brown sugar, Turbinado Sugar, olive oil, Vanilla and that is it. You can buy smelly scents at your local craft store if you do not want to smell like brown sugar usually Michael’s carries scents to use to make soaps. As you notice I did not fill the whole jar up with the home made body scrub, but this stuff goes a long ways. I use it three times a week and i use very little. You really want to be careful  when you use this in the shower cause it can cause the Shower floor or tub a little slippery so do not use to much.

How to mix it all together:  Use 1/2 cup of Brown sugar, 1/2 a cup of Turbinado sugar, 1 cap full of vanilla, 1/4 cup of olive oil ( I would start out with 1/4 and if it is to dry then add a little bit of oil to your liking)

This can last a long time trust me I had mine for 9 months until I had to make another batch. Be sure and not leave the jar in the shower cause the lid can get rusty unless you decide to spray paint the lid with a rust-ole um type paint.

So enjoy a inexpensive way to stay soft, healthy and toxins or allergic based products. Have a happy summer!

 

Happy Easter

 

 

 

March is the month that our friend the Easter Bunny comes to visit children. He takes the eggs the children decorated and hides them for them to find. In the end the children always get excited when they find that hidden basket full of candy and toys. I use to love Easter as a kid the only problem was I would get up in the middle of the night looking to see where he hid my basket first I didn’t care about the eggs  . Yes I was terrible with surprises and I guess you could say still am.  Moving forward to today I don’t have children, but I have one special little person in my life my niece. I love to spoil her and make things for her, but of course this year Auntie got a little to busy and procrastinated so instead I bought her this cute felt Easter Basket at Michael’s . Honestly this is so easy to make by using felt, glue gun and a little bit of sewing and pow you got yourself a cute Easter basket. My preference is this basket is the cutest thing compare to a plastic one don’t you agree?

 

Girl Scout Samoa pie

Another thing about Easter is you get to gather with family and friends and what else but enjoy each others company while enjoying great food. I always love to bake for our family, and this time I thought I would do something different. March is not only the month of Easter, St. Patrick’s day , but what else Girl Scout Cookies! Those dang girl scout cookies you love them and hate them all at the same time. I have been such a good girl this year and have not bought any of my favorite Thin mints, or the Samoa ones. You end up being a sucker for those little girls who try so hard to shine while learning to sell those evil things. Just kidding  I have to admit to you  I was a brownie when I was a little girl. I thought what would be cool then to make something that represents those famous cookies so I made for our Easter Gathering this Girl scout Samoa Pie. So easy to make, and yet so good. Just eating one slice is better then buying 10 boxes of those cookies right? It taste just like those cookies and is a hit in my household.

The one thing I have to remind everyone is today is not only about being with family and friends, but also to remember Jesus has risen on this day. Easter is not just about the Easter Bunny and the Easter egg hunts it is more then that. So I would like to say God Bless everyone and Happy Easter.

 

 

Girl Scout Cookie Pie

Yield: one 9-inch pie, serves 8 to 16

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 35 to 37 minutes, divided

Total Time: about 4+ hours (or overnight), for cooling

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, for sprinkling
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, loosely laid in measuring cup (not packed)
two-thirds of one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (about 10 ounces)
4 to 5 ounces salted caramel sauce
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted for drizzling

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish very well with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
  5. Turn batter out into prepared pie dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until edges firm up slightly and center will have begun to set up a bit.
  6. Remove pie dish from oven, and evenly sprinkle 3/4 cup chocolate chips over the crust.
  7. Evenly sprinkle the coconut.
  8. Evenly drizzle the sweetened condensed milk
  9. Evenly drizzle the caramel sauce
  10. Return pan to oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until there’s slightly bubbling near the edge of dish and the center has dried out some and looks more set. Cookie pie will firm up more as it cools. In the last 10 minutes of baking, watch it like a hawk because the coconut, caramel, and sweetened condensed milk will all be prone to burning; better to under bake than over bake if you’re unsure.
  11. Allow pie to cool in dish on a wire rack while you melt the chocolate for drizzling by adding 3/4 cup chocolate chips to a small microwave-safe bowl and heat to melt, about 1 minute on high power. Stop to check and stir and heat in 10-second increments until chocolate can be stirred smooth.
  12. Using a spoon (or pastry bag or zip-top bag with corner cut off if you want to be fancier but I didn’t bother), evenly drizzle the chocolate in long vertical lines, parallel to each other, spaced about 1/2-inch apart. Pie doesn’t have to be cooled to add the chocolate drizzle.
  13. Allow pie to continue to cool on wire rack for at least 4 hours (or overnight) before slicing and serving. Don’t slice too early because chocolate drizzle needs to set and interior of pie needs to firm up or you’ll have a literal hot mess. Pie is best fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

 

 

A thanksgiving idea to cherish with your family

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I love family Traditions and I use to have one with my dad’s family before my parents divorced. I have such a big family on my fathers side that every year we would get together at Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Loved those memories with all my Cousins getting together playing while the adults would hang out and shoot the breeze talk about what has been going on in their lives or occasional Politics would get brought up. My Grandparents would literally have three tables full of food, due to the fact everyone would bring a dish or two. Just love those memories and I truly Cherish those moments. I think sometimes we deal with so much in our lives we forget to stop and think to ourselves What am I thankful for in my life.

As time goes by we get older traditions change because we start our own families, Thanksgiving should be a time to be with family and enjoy the moments instead of shopping or waiting for Black Friday. Two years ago my husband and I were talking about this , and we thought what can we do each year for Thanksgiving with the family a new tradition to cherish with all. My husband came up with a brilliant idea why not get Christmas ornaments that are blank, bring them over to who ever is having the Thanksgiving gathering. Each person gets to choose an ornament and gets to write on it what they are thankful for and when they are done the whole family gathers together and hangs their ornament on a tree or if you do not have a tree a plant. our family fell in love with this idea, and I have to say we all had fun, and enjoyed doing it together. Not only did we stuff ourselves with good food and wine, but we enjoyed the moment of just being with family, and taking that little time together and giving thanks, and sharing why we give thanks.Now this is a new tradition that we do every year, and I absolutelyThanksgiving idea love it.

I hope everyone takes a moment in their lives and just capture those special moments with family, and friends this Thanksgiving, and future ones. Life is to precious so remember Holidays should not have to be presents, and shopping for those specials cause you can always replace those, you never can replace the greatest moments with family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone